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Question Posted Monday February 6 2006, 10:49 pm

what does the phrase "you can't draw blood from a stone" mean?


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thewonderchef answered Wednesday February 8 2006, 11:32 pm:
um, you're trying to get something from something that it doesn't have. stones don't have blood, so you can't get blood from a stone.

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lulabelle answered Tuesday February 7 2006, 12:40 am:
This phrase is usually associated with financial difficulties and bill paying. What someone means when they use it in this way is that no one can get money from them when there is no money there to get. The stone has no blood so anyone who tries to draw blood from it will get nothing. I'm sure there are other ways that this can be applied, but this is the only way I've ever heard this phrase used.


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FunnyCide answered Tuesday February 7 2006, 12:10 am:
An unlikely event requiring much effort. -- Urbandictionary.com

Or..

[my translation]

Someone who is hardened, shows little or no emotion, is kinda... shelled up, if you know what I mean. Someone who just doesn't care what you think - and lets you know. Usually don't have many friends... they're the stone. And it's really difficult to wound the stone; because the stone doesn't care.

er.. ok so maybe not.
-FunnyCide

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fish34 answered Tuesday February 7 2006, 12:08 am:
Well, if something's like drawing blood from a stone, then it means that it's very difficult. :)

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